Children Are the Future

Many children in low- and middle-income countries need surgery, but often they don’t get it, leaving them with chronic conditions that impact quality of life and, ultimately, their country’s economy, argue 3 Duke researchers.
In global health efforts, surgery often takes a backseat to vaccination or mosquito net campaigns because many believe it provides little return on investment.
But the researchers, who studied 2 decades of scientific literature on the cost-effectiveness of pediatric surgery, say that’s a misconception. They found that 6 common procedures—including congenital heart surgery and circumcision—provide significant bang for the buck. Further study, they say, could reveal other cost-effective surgeries.
Source: Duke Global Health Institute

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